Pistol Packin' Mama

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"Pistol Packin' Mama" is a 1943 song composed by Al Dexter.[1] The song is notable in that it was the first number one on the Juke Box Folk Records chart, which was later known as the Hot Country Songs chart. The version performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters was the first number on the Juke Box Folk records charts followed by the original version (recorded March 18, 1942) performed by Al Dexter[2] released on Okeh 6708.[1] The B-side of the Al Dexter version of "Pistol Packin' Mama, a song entitled "Rosalita", would hit number one on the same chart later in the year.

Louis Jordan was performing a "hillbilly rendition" of the song, which drew laughs, during a November 1943 appearance in a show at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.[3]

The Flamin' Groovies did a cover the song on their 1969 debut album Supersnazz.

The chorus of the song was used for the 1970s UK television advertising campaign for Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles, with the punning tag line "Pastille Pickin' Mama, pass those pastilles round".[4]

There is also a version of the song on an album titled "A.P.C. Presents: The Unreleasable Tapes" with Bryan Adams being credited with the lead vocals.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone. "The Online Discographical Project – Okeh (CBS) 6500 - 6747 (1941 - 45)". Retrieved February 21, 2011
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 535. 
  3. ^ Billboard Nov 27, 1943. page 23
  4. ^ "Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles (3): 1972" at eadington.org.uk
  5. ^ emusic.com
Preceded by
-
Most Played Juke Box Folk Records
number one single by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters

January 8, 1944 - January 29, 1944 (four weeks)
March 18, 1944
Succeeded by
"Pistol Packin' Mama" by Al Dexter
"They Took the Stars Out of Heaven" by Floyd Tillman
Preceded by
"Pistol Packin' Mama" by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
Most Played Juke Box Folk Records
number one single by Al Dexter

February 5, 1944 - February 19, 1944 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Ration Blues" by Louis Jordan
Preceded by
"Sunday, Monday, or Always" by Bing Crosby
number-one single according to Billboard magazine
October 30, 1943
Succeeded by
"Paper Doll" by Mills Brothers